Peace, Joy, and Persistence to Ignite the Holiday Spirit


Red Mountain Theatre Company is offering an extravaganza for the whole family, Holiday Spectacular 2018 running November 30–December 16 at the RMT Cabaret Theatre. It’s an unbelievable event of all your holiday favorites performed by Birmingham’s best local artists and the RMT Conservatory.
RMT Conservatory student and MBHS Junior Tess Patton has been involved with Red Mountain Theatre Company since she was seven-years-old. “I had just moved from Montgomery and Mom wanted me to be engaged in an activity. Broadway Bootcamp was my first involvement with RMT and I had the most fun in those two weeks,” Patton explained.
If there was one word to describe this young talent it would be perseverance having auditioned and not making it her first time for the RMT Conservatory. She remained positive, took voice lessons, and the next year would earn her spot with the phenomenal group. She was working her way up the ranks of the Conservatory ladder and had the opportunity to perform in her first professional show in 7th Grade in the production of Band Geeks. “The experience really pushed me and matured me as a performer. I was working with adult actors and I really strived to be on their level,” stated Patton.

She would hit another roadblock the following year with voice struggles, but once again her ambition would not allow her to take a major hit. Attending a vocal therapist, she would restructure how she would perform overall. Her journey continued this past summer as she attended a program at UCLA for musical theatre. “Going into it I thought it would be a fun opportunity, but over time I realized that musical theatre would be something I would want to pursue as a career. I really enjoyed that community feel of a university environment.”
As it is customary for Conservatory students to perform in the Holiday Spectacular, Tess looks forward to the month of November and performances in December. It has become a holiday tradition for her no different than decorating a tree, wrapping presents, or looking at the lights around town. Patton gleefully inserted, “It is consistent and people really look forward to the event as a means of escape during the stressful times of the holiday season. It leaves us with a sense of peace and joy that we all need in our lives.”
What is the one moment she looks forward to every year? Well, there is always the crowd-pleasing tribute to the Rockettes, but the finale will always have a special place in her heart. What’s the finale? Come on down to the RMT Cabaret and witness it for yourself.
Holiday Spectacular 2018
November 30-December 16
RMT Cabaret Theatre
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